Tips and rumours

Aug 14, 2014

Tips and rumours

Deloitte not inexperienced with donations ... Surprise! Defence think-tank likes data retention ... DFAT plays real life Monopoly ...

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

AGL auditors know about donations. Energy giant AGL has decided to call in external auditors as it watches ICAC continue to uncover secret payments and dodgy donations to the New South Wales Liberal Party, but one tipster has found AGL's choice of auditor noteworthy. AGL has called in consultants Deloitte to check its political donations for errors and omissions -- but Deloitte itself is not unfamiliar with the donations game. Over the years, Deloitte has been one of the biggest donors to the Millennium Forum, a company set up by the Liberals that ICAC found earlier this year was used to funnel dodgy donations into the 2011 NSW election campaign. Perhaps ICAC should be asking an easier question -- who hasn't made a donation to a political party in NSW?

Data retention is good ... according to those who want your data. In Fairfax papers today you’ll find a (rather poorly argued, but anyway) justification for data retention from Anthony Bergin, the “deputy director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute”. A bit more disclosure might have been warranted from Bergin and/or Fairfax, however. What is ASPI? Despite its .org.au web address, it was established by the Howard government in 2001, and purports to provide “an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for Australia’s strategic and defence leaders”. It gets over $3 million a year from the Department of Defence but also gets funding from corporate membership. Who are members of ASPI? Big defence contractors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Thales, as well as security contractors like Serco. ASPI is the mouthpiece of Defence and security and military industry. The only surprise in Bergin’s piece would have been if he had deviated in the slightest from the feeble talking points being used to justify data retention and the government’s other assaults on individual rights.

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  1. Bob's Uncle

    I’m no huge fan of Alexander Downer, but it’s a bit rough for DFAT to refer to him as ‘the lady of the house’..

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